network speed with wpa_supplicant

Gentoopower gentoopower at
Wed Mar 1 04:01:31 EST 2006

Dan Werner wrote:
> I was wondering, what sort of speed should one expect using
> wpa_supplicant and WPA-PSK?  I have a Toshiba laptop with an
> integrated intel pro/wireless 2200BG adapter.  I installed the ipw2200
> driver but couldn't quite get it working with wpa_supplicant.  I was
> getting a bunch of ioctl errors and started using the 'wext' driver,
> per instructions found via google, and that seems to be working fine.
> I usually benchmark my network speeds by starting a download of the
> newest fedora linux iso from one of the mirrors, in this case Duke
> University.  From another wireless pc running Windows 2000, the
> transfer rate levels off at around 77 KB per second (i hate my isp). 
> The wpa_supplicant laptop only gets about 27 KB per second or so (I
> cancelled the other download before starting this test).
27 KB can only mean, you are either far away, so your card only operates
at 1MBit and you have lots of transmission failures, or you just don't
have a bad download speed for this download.
Are all downloads that slow?
> So is it possible that I've configured something wrong, or is there
> some current speed limitation with the driver?
I doubt, that it is a problem of the driver or a bad configuration.
> Thanks for any help...
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